Headaches & Handiwork

Shawnee-Mission East’s student repair service, managed by Mrs. Nedra Boyer, school nurse handled all first-aid and routine health problems. Her cabinet of remedies resembled the laboratory of an alchemist with its bottles and pills, and contained ointments and curers for a score of ills. When patchwork was necessary, bolts of gauze were ready to swath a cut or a burned finger. Stacks of blue dental cards, boxes of cough drops, absentee lists and the bust phone were signs of the versatility of Mrs. Boyer’s “student hospital.”

The building repair service was operated by the Richard Hopkins, head custodian, and his staff of assistants. They worked around-the-clock keeping the halls highly polished, the plumbing in order, and the school mechanism in condition.